Moderator | Pray for the Moderator as he takes the service in Dromore (Banbridge Road) Presbyterian Church on Sunday and that, despite current restrictions, the gift of harvest might be celebrated. Remember him also as he prepares online greetings and encouragement for congregations.
Prayer in worship | Ask God to enable those who lead in prayer at worship today to help congregations to appreciate God and approach him together for needs great and small.
Monday 26 October
Lebanon | PCI partners with the Near East School of Theology, which trains pastors and church workers for ministry in the Middle East. Pray for NEST’s work as they continue to minister and rebuild following extensive damage caused to their building by the Beirut explosion.
Jordan | Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary trains and equips students to serve the Church in the Middle East and North Africa. Pray for JETS, for health and protection for staff and students and that they would remain effective in ministry training despite Covid-19 restrictions.
Tuesday 27 October
Forces chaplaincy | Pray for the staff of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, who have a pivotal role in developing chaplains across all three Services (Royal Navy, Army, Air Force). Military chaplaincy is a vital ministry; please pray for parish ministers considering God’s call to this ministry.
Forces chaplaincy | PCI has 11 ministers currently serving the Forces. Pray for Rev Colin Jones who has recently returned to Chaplaincy service, for strength to cope with the pace of life at the frontline. Pray also for chaplains’ families, as chaplaincy often requires prolonged service away from home.
Wednesday 28 October
Global mission workers: Flemings | Pray for the Flemings, currently based in Northern Ireland but still serving with United Mission to Nepal and Kathmandu International Study Centre. Pray for good communication despite time differences and distance.
Global mission workers: Lockwoods | Pray for the Lockwoods, serving in Kathmandu with UMN. Pray for safety of staff and smooth functioning of the two UMN hospitals as well as safety for the UMN staff who have recently been able to return from home-working to working in cluster offices.
Thursday 29 October
Home Mission congregations | There are 74 PCI home mission congregations throughout Ireland. Praise God for what he is doing in these churches. Thank him for those who are faithful to these congregations.
Home Mission ministers | Pray for the ministers who lead these congregations, who often have more than one charge. Pray for wisdom and perseverance as they minister, often in isolated areas.
Friday 30 October
Social Witness | Give thanks for those working tirelessly to safeguard our children, young people and adults at risk. Give thanks for the technology that makes it easier to keep in touch during this Covid-19 crisis. Pray that the same protections will be in place in the virtual contact, as is afforded in our face-to-face contact.
Public Affairs | As we complete our first week of the new restrictions here in Northern Ireland, pray for all those affected, particularly those in schools, and also for those charged with the responsibility of making and implementing the decisions throughout the island of Ireland.
Saturday 31 October
General Council | Pray for the Standing Committee of the General Council as they interpret and apply the ever-changing government guidance as it affects the Presbyterian Church. Pray that the decisions made, although challenging, will be the best for the life of the Church.
Union Theological College| Ken Brown, College Bursar, retires today. Give thanks for the service that he has given over the past six years. Pray for him that he will know God’s blessing and guidance in retirement.